rhoda_rants: (bucky)
If you somehow missed the foolishness in Marvel comics last weekend, this just happened.

This matters why? Well, it matters to me because I am a practicing Pagan with a strong affinity for Trickster archetypes and Norse mythology, and I just found out Neo-Nazis claim Thor’s hammer as one of their symbols. That messed me up a LOT. This must be a little like how moderate-to-liberal Christians feel when hard-right assholes do asshole things in the name of their God. Actually, there’s no end to the otherwise innocuous symbols fascist garbage people will glom onto: the original Swastika, jackboots, this John Carpenter movie for some reason, milk, New Balance sneakers, heavy metal, punk rock, and red shoelaces, to name just a few.

Although in fairness, I’m not sure whether the red shoelaces are a thing in real life or if that was invented for the movie Green Room. (Tangent: Watch Green Room. But gird your loins if you were especially fond of Anton Yelchin. It’s nasty. I watched it way sooner than I should have.)

Anyway, they’re apparently super into Norse stuff and vikings in general, because White People, or Superior Warrior Race, or something. Making Captain America a Nazi sympathizer was bad enough. Handing him Thor’s hammer and declaring him “worthy” of it is SO MUCH WORSE.


GIF of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers w/ text reading, “Son, just don’t.”
Source.


Go home, Spencer, you’re drunk. )
rhoda_rants: (sam)
This recap/rant is brought to you by my upcoming recap of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban, subtitled “Werewolves Are People Too;” my previous rant/recap of SPN Episode 2.17, “Heart”; and the larger repercussions of writer Robbie Thompson’s palpable absence from Season 12.

SO. I'm caught up, more or less, and while Season 12 has been quite enjoyable for the most part (I love Mary, and I REALLY love Mr. Ketch, if you aren't following me on Twitter), some aspects of the way this show is going are bothering me.

Let's talk about that.


GIF of Sam at a table tossing back a drink with a grimace.
Source.


SPOILERS up through Ladies Drink Free )
rhoda_rants: (spn pride)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a television series in possession of good ratings must be in want of a queer ship.

Somewhat less universally acknowledged is the fact that queer shippers are the most hated sub-category of any given fandom. Even *less* well known is the fact that, according to the Ao3 census from a few years back, the creators and consumers of fanfic and fanart revolving around slash are overwhelmingly queer women. I’ve been in fandom for over twenty years. These criteria do not change. Ever.

Hi!

I’m officially caught up on Supernatural, and I’ve spent the past few days wandering through the “Dean Winchester Is Totally Bisexual” corners of Tumblr and YouTube. Quick by-the-by for the new kids in the room: I came to the same conclusion around the midpoint of my binge-watching journey, but held off on reading other meta supporting this theory. And since diving into the rabbit hole OH MAN. There is SO MUCH MORE that I didn’t even notice.



Four Part Gif Set showing
1: A woman’s legs framing shot of Dean looking on and ogling.
2: Same as 1, with Sam coming into the shot to steer him away.
3: Dean smiling sheepishly at a male police officer, who smiles sheepishly back.
4: Same as 3, with Sam coming into the shot to steer him away.

Source: http://theplushbear.tumblr.com/post/37195228750


That sound you’re hearing is my head asploding with the implications of the subtext that’s been there THE WHOLE TIME. This is what y’all do between seasons, isn’t it? Go back through every single episode digging for nuggets of queerness? I’m so there. Also, I learned a new word: Polysemy. Read this discussion. It is utterly fascinating, quite brilliant, and an excellent example of what I love best about fandom.

Aaaaaanyway, shall we talk about what happened last week? Because it was kind of a big deal. But first I need to back up a smidge: I need to talk about Chuck Shurley.

Read more... )
rhoda_rants: (twixt)
I decided I was gonna make a list of cult horror references in Supernatural when I got caught up, and that time has arrived. If I went into every single horror reference I noticed over the seasons--not to mention the many cult movie icons who keep showing up as secondary characters (OMG it's Ginger! And Freddy! AND ALESSA!!!)--I'd never get off this one post. So I pared it down to my favorites, and tried to keep it in the realm of the slightly more obscure stuff that the average1 Supernatural fan might not have noticed.

1Keeping in mind that "average" is a misnomer at best. What I mean is people for whom this is the closest to horror they like to get, which includes the girl who got me into it in the first place. (Hi Gothie! *waves*)

Spoilers, Y'all! )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
i.e. the other thing that keeps me from losing it altogether. This is what I've been *trying* to post about for weeks, and all the shitty news keeps making it feel like it doesn't matter and why do I bother? I recap because this means something to me. It's a lifeline that I desperately need right now.

I have written, scrapped, and rewritten this one post more times than I care to count. And I find myself dancing around the subject or going off on tangents rather than addressing it directly like I want to. The main point I’m circling over and over is this: critics of Supernatural, specifically other LGBT+ fans who are bloggers or professional reviewers, have called it out for this thing called “queerbaiting,” pointing to several instances in specific episodes as evidence. The problem is I am looking at those same instances, in those same episodes, and feeling like someone’s given my actual, lived experience as a queer person a voice and a platform for the first time in my entire life.

READ MORE )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
I haven’t talked much about Dean in these recaps. Let’s do this.

A couple basics first:

1) I’m hardly the first Supernatural fan to pick up on Dean’s probable bisexuality. I’m not even the first bisexual female slash shipper to pick up on this. But I am interested in exploring this on my own before digging into the other meta.

2) I’m starting not from a “One could interpret things this way if they so choose” perspective, but more “Holy shit, this is blindingly obvious, you’d have to wear heavy-duty straight-blinders NOT to see it.” I am playing my Death of the Author card somewhat, but . . . keep this in mind.

3) There are people who refer to this sort of thing as “queerbaiting.” I am not one of those people. Let me tell you why.


It’s good to be the Queen


Read more. . . )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
Me: Um, waiter? There seems to be a Lifetime Original Movie in my Monster Show.

Waiter: Ah yes--that’s the Amelia Special. A bland, unoriginal montage of soft-focused flashbacks served on a bed of pure apathy and irrelevance.

Me: Yeah, I didn’t order this.

Waiter: You don’t have to! The Amelia Special comes as a side-order to your main course. No extra charge.

Me: . . . Why?

Waiter: Well our new head chef thought our customers might appreciate something easily digestible to go with our usual fare of extra-rich, heavy melodrama.

Me: Why would anyone think that? Why do you think we come here?

Waiter: I can take it away and bring you something else if you like.

Me: How about french fries? I always liked the french fries here.

Waiter: You mean the Ruby Special? Sorry, we didn’t bring those back after Season 4. Can I bring you another side?

Me: Do you have another Designated Love Interest Special?

Waiter: Oh no, it’s just the Amelia Special. We just turn the plate 20 degrees counterclockwise and pretend it has different ingredients this time.

Me: Whatever, forget it--I’ll work around it. What else do you have?

Waiter: Well we’re mid-season now, so can I interest you in a stir fry of blatant racist stereo--

Me: No.

Waiter: Okay. We have a Continuity Casserole. It’s a bit burnt on top, but with a sharp enough meta analysis you should be able to get through to the seasonal plot line.

Me: Eh, not in the mood. Maybe next time. Let’s skip to dessert.

Waiter: Well we still have the All-American, your basic apples-and-hypermasculinity comfort food. And then there’s Angel Food--always a favorite, but it does run out rather quickly, and I can’t predict when we’ll have more. It just sort of disappears and shows up again pretty much at random.

Me: No worries, it’s been doing that for years. What else?

Waiter: We do have Subtext Strudel this year. We’ve been testing it out over the past couple seasons really, but I do think the recipe’s improving. Some people find it bittersweet, but it really depends on your palate. I recommend ordering it with the Rainbow Sherbet.

Me: Okay, yes. Bring me that. In fact, bring me two. What do I owe you?

Waiter: Just a little more of the time you should be spending working on your novel.

Me: . . . Crap.
rhoda_rants: (loki)
So, David Bowie is dead, and I don't know what to do with that. Because who was he, really? Artist. Musician. Actor. Storyteller. Legend. But to me? Oft-cited influence and inspiration to other people I'm actually a fan of. I realize I'm committing geek blasphemy by even admitting this, but I was never that fond of his music. I know, I know--hurl your rotting vegetables at will, I came prepared.

But honestly? There's only been one work he was involved in that really made me think and got under my skin, and that's Labyrinth.

via GIPHY



Read more. . . )
rhoda_rants: (heather mason)
PSA: This post is now Public. It wound up being more culturally relevant than I originally anticipated. Just an FYI to my regular followers.

Mrs. Jon Snow

Mrs. Rhoda Snow

Mrs. Nightingale-Snow

Rhoda Rant-Snow


I've had a revelation.

So, you know how I like to whine about how much I loathe love stories in general, and Romance (TM) in particular? Well, I don't think it's the genre. Or even my orientation, which I admit makes it damn near impossible to relate to the whole Love At First Sight thing (or the more common Lust At First Sight thing) that most pairings in romantic stories are built on. Or even the deliberately formulaic setup that most of the stories are forced to comform to, given the rigid structure and explicit rules laid out in genre romance. (Seriously, the rules and expecations in genre romance are amazingly stringent--I take my hat off to anyone who can write a compelling story while abiding by them.)

It's not any of those things. Not really. It's the fact that, no matter how many romances I pick up, the heroes are invariably not what I'm looking for in my unrealistic, idealized fantasy man and therefore I can't be arsed to care about the Happily Ever After. If you can't fall in love with the hero in a romance, you're not gonna get on board with the love story. What I've never been able to do (until now) is put my finger on what sort of hero I'm actually interested in. I just didn't put much effort into seeking out love stories after being disappointed, annoyed, bored, or just plain insulted by them over and over. Leading off that, I assumed the sort of character I could get really excited about and want a love story from just didn't exist.

I was wrong. Technically this character is not a romantic hero, because the universe he inhabits is a grimdark epic fantasy. But he does exist. His name is Jon Snow.

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Spoilers, Speculation and Gushing below. . . )

On a completely different note, for those of you who didn't see my ETA last time: I am caught up on Hannibal. We'll talk about it LATER. Because I have QUESTIONS. About stuff that happened LAST SEASON. (I'm not angry, just bewildered and slightly traumatized.)

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